Seven lawyers from Reed Smith’s Asia-Pacific offices were featured in elite lists, and the firm overall was endorsed in 19 practice categories in Greater China listings updated by The Legal 500 this week.

Reed Smith, an international law firm with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, earned a Tier 1 ranking for China Data Protection: foreign firms.

The firm was recommended in four China practice areas and in 15 Hong Kong practice areas. It gained new listings for data protection, TMT, capital markets, investment funds, and regulatory work. Here is the full list of recognized practice areas.


  • Corporate and M&A: foreign firms
  • Data protection: foreign firms (Tier 1) (new listing)
  • Projects and energy: foreign firms
  • TMT: foreign firms (new listing)

Hong Kong

  • Asset finance: Shipping Finance
  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets (equity)
  • Capital markets (debt) (new listing)
  • Corporate (including M&A)
  • Dispute resolution: international arbitration
  • Dispute resolution: litigation
  • Insurance
  • Investment funds (new listing)
  • Labour and employment
  • Private equity
  • Regulatory (new listing)
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Shipping
  • TMT (new listing)

Reed Smith operates under the name Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP in Hong Kong.

The seven featured lawyers have proven track records in finance, data, shipping and dispute resolution. Barbara Li, a corporate partner based in Beijing, was endorsed in two categories. Here are the featured practitioners:

  • Denise Jong, Hong Kong Corporate (including M&A) (Leading Individual)
  • Peter Lee, Hong Kong Asset finance: Shipping finance (Leading Individual)
  • Barbara Li, China Data protection: foreign firms (Leading Individual) (new listing) and China Fintech: foreign firms (Leading Individual)
  • Lianjun Li, Hong Kong Shipping (Leading Individual)
  • Donald Sham, Hong Kong Dispute resolution: International arbitration (Next Generation Partner)
  • Michael Sinn, Hong Kong Banking and finance (Next Generation Partner) (new listing)
  • Zeldar Wang, China Shipping: foreign firms (Next Generation Partner)

Leading Individuals are defined as “true market leaders, with long-established reputations in their sector, lead roles in multiple recent significant matters, and exceptional, widespread recognition and endorsement from peers in the market and clients alike.” Next Generation Partners have five years or fewer at partner level, significant recognition from clients and peers in the market, and recent lead roles on multiple matters, according to the Legal 500 website.